April 18, 2023

Voices of the Valley: California Farmworker Foundation Executive Director Hernan Hernandez on Working to Give Farmworkers a Voice in Politics and Policy

On this episode of Voices of the Valley, Hernan Hernandez, Executive Director of the California Farmworker Foundation, shares his background about growing up in a farm community to becoming a voice and force for policy change.

“What really got me more involved with the population of farmworkers who I serve today is that I always felt that farmworkers needed to improve their quality of life,” Hernandez says. “When I was in college, I had one professor who told me, ‘You’re doing the right things, but what you have to do next is look at it from a political perspective and try to engage with policymakers because at the end of the day they’re the ones who will give you the resources that you need – and they’re going to be the one that are going to be able to provide more for the population that you so care about.’”

Appointed to his position because of his background as well as how much heart he puts into his work, Hernandez is looking to provide resources to farm communities based on the pillars of personal education and personal development, workforce development, immigration services, health and community engagement.

Listen to this episode of Voices of the Valley here.